…therefore thus says the Lord God,
“Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion,
a stone, a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation:
‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’ Isaiah 28:16
A cornerstone, in ancient building practices, was the first and principal stone placed at the corner of the structure. All other stones would be set in reference to this one stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure.
Here, I present to you four “cornerstones” for building your business!
Last time, we discussed THE Cornerstone—Jesus Christ. Jesus described Himself as the Cornerstone that His church would be built upon, the foundation of a unified body of believers, and He should be the chief and foundational cornerstone in your business or ministry!
The dedication stone is your mission and vision.
Your mission and vision (your purposes) are foundational to and define your past, present, and future growth. In older times, the completion of a building involved a ceremony of the rite of laying the cornerstone that was symbolic of the produce and the people of the land and the means of their subsistence. Some contemporary builders include an inscription on the stone indicating the construction dates of the building and the names of architect, builder, and other significant individuals. For our team of associates, this celebration will include a ceremony of prayer and dedication and the placing of a custom designed stepping-stone in our offices.
- Have you clearly defined your mission and vision statements?
- Can you concisely talk about what you do?
- Do you have a catchy 30-second introduction prepared?
- Do you have a 2-3 minute “commercial” video on your homepage?
- How can you celebrate and re-dedicate your business and stay true to your mission and vision?
Another keystone is your customer or client.
A final, but crucial foundation stone is. . .you! Let’s talk about these next time!
What steps will you take now to dedicate and celebrate your organization and its mission and vision before the Lord?
Let’s take these steps together!
Karen Lindwall-Bourg is the Founder of RHEMA Counseling Associates,, a Biblical Counseling, Coaching, and Training Center seeking to honor the Lord by leading others to the Sovereign God and the cross and Life of Jesus Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit and equipped with the Sufficient Word [Greek: rhema] of God for abundant life and ministry. Karen lives with her husband Fred in North Central Texas, and spends as much time as possible with their 6 children, 5 grandchildren, extended family, and menagerie of ranch animals. www.rhemacounseling.com